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We are saddened beyond measure to hear that Brian has lost his brave battle. We will forever be in the debt of all those involved in the tribute evening to Bhrian for allowing us the opportunity of expressing how we felt about him and the effect he had on our lives. To say he will be missed is such an understatement. He was certainly like no other. He rattled our cages of complacency that’s for sure. Our thoughts are with you at this dark time. Love as always, Jim, Dympna and Connolly Heron. I w
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  We are saddened beyond measure to hear that Brian has lost his brave battle. We will forever bein the debt of all those involved in the tribute evening to Bhrian for allowing us the opportunityof expressing how we felt about him and the effect he had on our lives. To say he will be missedis such an understatement. He was certainly like no other. He rattled our cages of complacencythat ’ s for sure. Our thoughts are with you at this dark time.Love as always,Jim, Dympna and Connolly Heron. I was so sorry to hea r of Brian’s passing . He was one of a kind-- a true eccentric with a passionate vision-- theworld needs more like him.Nate EdelmanSaddened beyond measure to hear of my Uncle Brian’s passing. Pity he didn't make it as far as Ireland. I'msure all will get great comfort from the memory of the musical celebration you had with him in on his birthdayat the end of January. Our thoughts are with all the family at this very sad time.Ar Dheis Lámh Dé go raibh a Anam Dílis.Pádraigín FolanSpiddle, IrelandHello again Che, Morghean and Yury,Attached is the famous Orange Toast, which you may remember your father doing in your youth.Again, this is from Mar a Bhí agus Mar Atá  —  As it Was and As it Is, the benefit for the Northern IrelandCivil Rights Association that was mounted by the Artists' Committee of NAIF on March 17, 1972. Thenarrator's voice is that of Peter Rogan:(STEVE put these two links in audio section as well)Mar a Bhí agus Mar Atá  —  As it Was and As it Is: A History of Ireland in Music, Poetry, & Theater (1.24:49)http://www.mediafire.com/?1smqs1t287mom2f  Irish Arts Center Pre-History  —  Brian Heron Interview by Bill Ochs & Nancy Lyon in Late 1970s  (1:00:22)http://www.mediafire.com/?2d5cdu2gjx95qxu  Best,Bill OchsI was telling Morghean a story where I witnessed Brian being thrown out of a bar in the west of Ireland on topof a crowd of   people belting out the ‘Orange Toast’ and them not getting the theater or satire behind the whole thing. I used to watch the crowd as I got older wondering who I would have to block before they could get tohim when he did it years later.   -Che STEVE This goes in articles Irish News E-Missive  Fourth Wee March , 2011 Vol III Number 12  Brian Heron Dies At 70   Activist and Adventurer FoundedCeltic Arts Center in Los Angeles Brian o h-Eachtuigheirn   (AKA Brian Heron)   1941-2011   Brian died of cancer in the care of his loving family in San Francisco on March 10.  Brian, 70, was the charismatic visionary and founder of An Claidheamh Soluis/The Celtic ArtsCenter in Los Angeles; An Claidheamh Soluis the Irish Arts Center in New York City; the Brave HeartedWoman Theatre Company in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and An Claidheamh Soluis Gaelic Adventure, allof which were created to preserve the Irish language, music and theatre.Born Brian Samuel Connolly Heron in Dublin, Ireland on January 24, 1941, Brian was thegrandson of James Connolly, the General, Commander in Chief and martyred hero of the historic EasterRising in Ireland in 1916. Like his famed grandfather, Brian, a true champion of workers' rights, firstcame to America with the assistance of Mike Quill of the Transport Workers Union.Above all, he was devoted to the preservation of traditional Irish language, Celtic arts and culture. Atthe time of his death, Brian was working on the creation of An Claidheamh Soluis Gaelic Adventure, amulti-media/living-theatre piece. Much like his grandfather James Connolly, Brian never shied awayfrom posing challenging concepts, striking up unpopular dialogue or asking the difficult questions. Themost common of his controversial questions were regarding the Irish language: Can a person of Irishdescent really call themselves Irish when they cannot even speak their own language?    
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